Above: A view of the stables at Stockwell Thoroughbreds

For Stockwell Thoroughbreds, Melbourne Premier has long been a familiar sale for the team at Diggers Rest.  

Set on 800 acres, Mike and Brodie Becker are a well-equipped, experienced team who ensure that each of their yearlings gets an in-depth yearling preparation.   

The name Stockwell is a name known by all in the industry and they have had many great horses to grace their paddocks. Including the sire Showdown, who now has the VOBIS Sires Showdown named in his honour, which is held at Caulfield each year.  

This year, the team will take three colts to the Melbourne Premier sale. All three colts are Victorian-bred and are by sires such as Sun Stud’s Palentino, Chatswood’s Reward For Effort and Winning Rupert. 

When asked what the 2021, Melbourne Premier draft was like, Mike Becker commented, “The colts are three different types, and they couldn’t be any more different if you tried.” 

The first lot to head through the ring will be lot 600, a son of Winning Rupert and bred by Victoria’s Susan Zeitz.  

The colt is out of the Artie Schiller mare, Fair Hope. Fair Hope is an unraced mare who is the half-sister to Hearts and Arrows, who is the dam of Group 2 winner, Jonker.  

“The Winning Rupert’s have some flavour in the market at the moment. He isn’t a huge colt, but he is an athletic colt, and he has scoped and x-rayed up well,” Mike commented. 

“He is a nice correct colt who is neat and athletic and is quite typical of the Winning Rupert’s I have seen,” he said.   

“Susan has been breeding for quite a few years now and is starting to see her hard work pay off on the track,” he said.  

The next colt to go through for Stockwell, lot 676, is as Mike describes him, “an absolute standout”. 

The colt sired by Sun Stud’s Palentino is out of the Authorized mare Penryn Pearl, who was a four-time winner.  

“He is well grown, and he is a three-year-old type as his pedigree says he should be. Anyone who has come to inspect him loves him,” Mike said.  

“He is a loose limbed, smooth actioned colt, who wants to work with you and is just straight forward and no fuss about him,” he said.  

The final colt to go through at Oaklands Junction will be a son of Reward for Effort, lot 717, who is bred and owned by Stockwell Thoroughbreds.  

Out of unraced Artie Schiller mare, Spend A Penny. Spend A Penny already has a Puissance de Lune colt who was purchased by Hancox Thoroughbreds.  

“This horse is an outstanding type. He is a trainer’s colt and looks relatively early going. He is just strong in all the right areas and wants to be doing something all the time,” Mike said.  

The Reward for Effort colt is from the same family as Group 3 winner Golden Twig.  

There is no doubt that with the experience of the Stockwell team, that these three youngsters will highlight their athletic abilities once they make it to our tracks.  

To view the Stockwell draft in more detail, click here